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Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2020-2021

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Due to COVID-19, the College Board announced a modification to their May 2020 exams that will allow students to test at home. The College Board will be giving students a grade for each of their registered AP exams on the normal 1-5 scale. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to supporting our incoming students and ensuring that they have a smooth transition to their higher education studies. Thus, based on the calculated grades that the College Board will provide, Illinois will continue to award academic credit for strong performance on all AP exams. The credit policies below apply to all students entering Illinois in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021. Only scores resulting in credit are shown.

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For descriptions of the courses listed in the table below, please see the Courses of Instruction section in the Academic Catalog.

Course numbers listed as 1 - - or 2 - - are considered elective credit within the stated subject area. This is because our campus does not have an equivalent course that corresponds to the AP course. Students can apply elective credit towards their graduation requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine how this test-based credit may best be used to meet their specific curriculum and program requirements.

Questions? Contact "Placement & Proficiency" staff by emailing pnp@illinois.edu or by calling 217-265-6248 during business hours.



  1. AP Research

  2. AP Seminar

  3. Art - Studio Art: 2-D Design

  4. Art - Studio Art: 3-D Design

  5. Art - Studio Art: Drawing

  6. Art History

  7. Biology

  8. Calculus AB for students entering any College other than the Grainger College of Engineering

  9. Calculus AB for students entering the Grainger College of Engineering

  10. Calculus BC for students entering any College other than the Grainger College of Engineering

  11. Calculus BC for students entering the Grainger College of Engineering

  12. Chemistry

  13. Chinese

  14. Computer Science A

  15. Computer Science Principles

  16. Economics, Macro

  17. Economics, Micro

  18. English Language & Composition

  19. English Literature & Composition

  20. Environmental Science

  21. French

  22. German

  23. Government & Politics: Comparative

  24. Government & Politics: U.S.

  25. History, European

  26. History, U.S.

  27. History, World

  28. Human Geography

  29. Italian

  30. Japanese

  31. Latin

  32. Music Theory

  33. Physics 1

  34. Physics 2

  35. Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

  36. Physics C: Mechanics

  37. Psychology

  38. Spanish Language

  39. Spanish Literature

  40. Statistics

 

Questions? Contact pnp@illinois.edu or call 217-265-6248.

The University of Illinois recognizes the value of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Students should be aware that there are times when it is in their best interest to take the course that corresponds to the AP or IB credit instead of accepting the test-based credit. You may be better prepared for the rigors of the subsequent course in the sequence if you decline this credit and take the course. Students are able to consult with their academic advisors during Registration in order to determine what will be most appropriate for their individual plan of study.

New undergraduate students who barely miss earning proficiency credit and who have not already earned college-level credit in the subject are allowed to take a departmental proficiency exam in math, science, and certain LOTEs if they wish to try to proficiency out of an introductory course.